69th Annual Juried Art Show continues excellence

artshow_best in show winner Helen by Dianne WidomGilpin Arts displays incredible talent in Central City

By David Josselyn

Gilpin Arts in Central City is celebrating 69 years of juried distinction in the fine arts as Colorado’s oldest juried art show. More than 70 artists submitted up to five entries a piece for consideration of admission to the show. Professional art jurors then selected from the submissions only pieces they judged worthy to be included which were in turn ordered in excellence from first to third. Each juror also submitted one piece from each category to be considered for Best in Show. The categories this year are 2D (two-dimensional: pastels, oils, etc.), 3D (three-dimensional: sculptures, fabric, glasswork, etc.), and photography. In addition, awards were also given in specifically jewelry, watercolors, and pastels.

The Juried Show is held each year as the seasonal opening event of Washington Hall. The Hall was built in 1862 and is known to be the oldest public building in the state. Once used as a courthouse and jail, the structure is now listed on the National Historic Register and used as an art gallery. Since Washington Hall has no heat source, it is only open during the summer months with the juried show as a grand opening in late May.

The Gilpin County Arts Association board members and Gallery Manager Becky Osteboe began the process of putting the show together early in the year; redesigning forms, updating members lists, printing and distributing flyers calling for artists’ submission, arranging and entertaining jurors, cleaning Washington Hall, weeding the garden and planting flowers, arranging for food and beverage donations, and finally hosting the grand opening gala. On Saturday, June 4, more than a hundred people consisting of artists and art enthusiasts alike gathered in the Hall. Social clusters of artists like peony petals in the wind chattered about their projects, their methods, and their appreciation of others works. Wine and beer graciously donated by the Tivoli Brewing Company flowed freely while food provided by the artists themselves was quickly devoured in dainty bites. Only one issue threatened to mar the festivities when a handbag mistook Mary Bell’s glass tree as a scratching post and itched a couple branches off the delicate work. Mary Bell espoused wisdom saying, “It’s only glass, don’t worry about it” quickly quelling the embarrassed anxiety of the handbag owner.

As always, Gilpin Arts rises to the expectations they have set over the years of presenting works that could hang in any famous gallery. You may wonder at the incredible talent of the Rocky Mountain Region, but consider first the typical artist. Many artists look to seclusion and wilderness for inspiration, so it is only natural that Colorado and its neighbors hold some of the best artistic talent between the seas. Vice-President Harv Malistir is known for calling the galleries in Gilpin “the best kept secret.” As other galleries and art districts down the hill are drawing crowds, few people realize that just 30 minutes from town is a great display of talent in an exhibit hall that is in itself a grand work of art.

The Juried Show will be on display through July after which comes the Members Only Show. The Arts Board would also like to remind everyone that all pieces on display are for sale, so if you want to take home an award winning piece of art, come visit Washington Hall in Central City.

Winners List – 2D

Honorable Mention – Judith Duffield; 3rd Place – Carol Cavalaris; 2nd Place – Sabrina Stiles; 1st Place – Steve Griggs

Winners List – 3D

Honorable Mention – Judi Mitchell; 3rd Place – Frances Listou; 2nd Place – Katherine Spahr; 1st Place – Amelia Marlowe

Winners List – Photography

Honorable Mention – Jim Bennett; 3rd Place – Jeffrey Owens; 2nd Place – Kathy Banich; 1st Place – John Goyer

Elaine Schoelzel Memorial Best In Show

Dianne Widom in 2D

Other Awards

Josephine Schwartz Memorial Award for jewelry – Tom Cowherd; Colorado Watercolor Society Award – Greg Youngmann; Colorado Pastel Society Award – Virginia Unseld

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